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September 19, 2016 - September 25, 2016


Rotational convection, part of a drifting post cyclone Julia, persisted through most of the work week over the Pee Dee and North coast. The interaction between that feature and a weak frontal boundary brought rains of 1.76 inches to Little Mountain and 1.32 inches to Newberry. The Winnsboro Fairfield County AP recorded a 26-degree temperature fall (90-64) from 5:55 to 9:55 p.m. that included a 8:55 p.m. thunderstorm wind gust of 44 mph. Charleston and Hilton Head Island both noted a Monday maximum temperature of 93 degrees. A CoCoRaHS volunteer at Murrells Inlet 4NE measured rains of 2.52 inches. A layer of clouds on Tuesday kept the Florence high temperature to just 81 degrees while a sunny Greenville reached 92 degrees. Passing showers over Quinby brought 0.37 inches and 0.33 inches were measured in Hartsville. There was little change on Wednesday. Florence received a round of heavy rain totaling 1.70 inches. Southward-moving rains of 1.11 inches were measured at Cheraw and an even one inch fell on Lake City. A cloudy Chester and Columbia Metro AP reported a Wednesday high temperature of only 80 degrees. The Autumnal Equinox arrived on Thursday morning with tropical-type showers still affecting Horry and Georgetown counties. Localized downpours over Pawley's Island produced two separate CoCoRaHS rainfall observations of 7.30 and 5.04 inches. The North Inlet gage near Winyah Bay received 3.96 inches and 1.98 inches added to the weekly total at a wet Lake City. At 3:00 p.m. on Friday, radar and satellite analysis placed the leftover and diminishing circulation from a once named "Julia" 20 miles south of Georgetown. A mostly sunny Walhalla, Fountain Inn and McCormick warmed to 88 degrees on Friday. Rains of 1.43 inches were reported at Jamestown and 0.80 inches for Andrews. At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Spartanburg, Columbia Metro AP and Hilton Head Island each noted sunny skies and 91 degrees. Summer-like heat continued Sunday over much of the Foothills and Piedmont. It was 95 degrees at Sandy Springs and 94 degrees at Anderson AP. The 92-degree high temperature at Greenville-Spartanburg AP was 13 degrees above the date's average. No rain was observed during the week at Travelers Rest, Spartanburg or Calhoun Falls.

The highest official temperature reported was 96 degrees at the Clemson-Oconee AP, Sandy Springs and the Kings Mt. NMP on September 24. The lowest official temperature reported was 55 degrees at Jocassee 8WNW on September 20. The heaviest official 24-hour rainfall reported was 3.00 inches at N Myrtle Beach AP on September 19. The state average rainfall for the seven-day period was 0.9 inches. The state average temperature for the seven-day period was five degrees above the long-term average.


  Weekly Jan 1 Departure
Anderson AP 0.00 19.70 -13.1
Greer AP 0.01 28.96 -6.4
Charlotte, NC AP 0.01 22.80 -8.5
Columbia Metro AP 0.35 29.61 -5.3
Orangeburg AP 0.50 32.43 -4.0
Augusta, GA Bush AP 0.01 31.15 -2.4
Florence AP 3.92 42.24 8.7
N Myrtle Beach AP 5.46 43.29 2.6
Charleston AP 2.22 43.19 2.3
Savannah, GA AP 0.01 37.98 -0.3

Weekly rainfall totals ending midnight Sunday.


4-inch depth soil temperature: Clinton 79 degrees. Columbia 81 degrees. Barnwell 73 degrees. Mullins 72 degrees.


South Carolina river stages were near to much below normal (Upstate). Charleston Harbor reported a water temperature of 81 degrees. Springmaid Pier at Myrtle Beach reported a surf water temperature of 83 degrees.

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